Samabeong Special Spring Black Tea

description

This tea comes from one the highest organic tea estates in Darjeeling, full of bright and fragrant flavors that we've come to expect from a high-grown first flush tea. We particularly enjoyed the refreshing citrusy notes in it.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Light notes of orange candy and night jasmine

appearance

Light yellow

taste

The liquor is light but aromatic, and tastes fresh. A long and clean floral length, resembling white flowers, defines the cup. A raw note of unripe guava can also be picked up in the cup.

COMPLEMENTS

Best enjoyed on its own.

dry leaf

aroma

Sweet white flowers and toasted nuts

appearance

Mix of long, well-rolled, whole greenish-black leaves with pale green buds and dark green cut leaves.

infusion

aroma

Lifted notes of citrus blossom and lime leaves.

appearance

Mix of bright green cut leaves and pale olive-green buds

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

6 fl oz

176-185 oF

2.5 tsp / 2.5 g

5 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Drink Plain

PICKING DATE
Apr 24, 2017
TIME OF DAY
Anytime
CAFFEINE
Low
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
First
SPECIALTY
Clonal
SKU FFSACFB | GRADE SFTGFOP1 | INVOICE DJ-16
CERTIFICATIONS


12 Reviews

Likes

  • High Quality 11
  • Freshness 8
  • Great Aroma 7
  • Smooth Body 6
  • Unique Flavor Profile 3

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 3
  • No Flavor 2
  • Weak 1
  • Strong 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 7
  • Evening 4
  • Morning 4
  • Afternoon 3
  • Dessert Tea 0

Kristina

Jan. 26, 2017

Really good first flush

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

Good first flush. Very aromatic. A little too "green" tasting for me.

Jennifer

Dec. 12, 2016

Nice.

Likes : Freshness, High Quality.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon, Evening.

Bitter, but not harsh or too tannic. Light, woodsy. Did not taste the citrus in the first go - after searching a while, it came up a little in the middle. Reminds me of a green tea. While it has an edge to it, honey or lemon smooth it nicely. Lemon overpowers the taste, but creates a delightful mix. Honey mellows and gives a pleasant taste to ponder. Did not enjoy honey and lemon together, it dried my mouth and brought back an edge. When iced, the honey/lemon combo was much better. (Do not resteep) 3.5/5

Micah

Dec. 4, 2016

A good, light black tea

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

A simple tea that reminds me of a light Chinese black.

Chris

Dec. 1, 2016

Light black tea. Easy Drinking.

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Dislikes : Weak.

Best Served : Anytime.

Very light black tea with pleasant mild aroma and taste. Not a special tea, but easy drinking.

Chun Yan

Sept. 21, 2016

notes of wood

Likes : Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

this is similar to chinese black tea. wood notes, abit siap (tannin-rich)

chuan

Sept. 4, 2016

A cup of tea that could enjoy everytime

Likes : Great Aroma, High Quality.

Dislikes : No Flavor.

Best Served : Evening.

I like darjeerling tea, especially the frist flush. This tea estate is the frist time I try . there is no doubt that it's the right choose when I drank it. The aroma a litter like the cape jasmine flower which bloom inJun in china. I prefer to enjoy it in the evening.

David

Aug. 17, 2016

Good, not great.

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Dislikes : No Flavor.

Best Served : Morning.

I would give this 3.5/5 if I could, but since I can't, I have to stick with 3/5. This is a good tea and I do really like the flavor, but the best way I can describe it is: standard. This is a very easy tea to like but a hard one to love. If you like black tea, you will like this tea. It's that simple I think. There wasn't too much to separate it from other black tea in my opinion. I still like it though and I will definitely be continuing to drink it!

Ingrid

July 28, 2016

Love it!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Evening.

Great taste, love it!

Alana

July 19, 2016

Very smooth

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning.

Dried leaves definetly smell like dried leaves, which I love. It is very smooth and soothing on the throat. I love this taste.

Kirsty

March 6, 2016

Fruity and light

Likes : Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

This is a lovely delicate tea. I found I needed to use a generous amount of leaves due to the big leaves and to brew for slightly longer than I normally do. Found it to be very fruity in a tropical way, with just a hint of astringency. A really beautiful cup of tea.

John

Sept. 12, 2015

Delicious and different

Likes : Freshness, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening.

This a delicious and refreshing tea provided you find its distinctive flavour characters appealing. Unlike most first flushes, citrus and dry tropical fruit notes predominate. There's no hint of the sweetness normally associated with Darjeelings, nor a lot of the herbal aromatics found in other first flushes. It brings to mind one of the more fragrant Chinese Phoenix oolongs, or even a very dry Sauvignon Blanc wine. I love it. It's beautifully made, and can be savoured over the full length of the palate. But you have to be receptive to what it offers.

Alex

June 22, 2015

An excellent first act!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning, Afternoon.

A great brew from a new estate, I definitely got the citrus undertones that developed into a slightly astringent finish (but it was nice!). A great job and really exciting to see what's next!

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